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evil

2 noun
     
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1 [countable] something that is very bad or harmful:
She wanted to protect her children from the evils of the outside world.
Poverty is one of the greatest social evils of our time.
the evils of capitalism
2 [uncountable] cruel or morally bad behaviour in general:
There is too much evil in the world.
the eternal struggle between good and evil

➔ the lesser of two evils

at lesser (2)

➔ necessary evil

at necessary1 (3)

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